Mares Willing To Face Santa Cruz, Castellanos, Gonzalez

By Ryan Burton

Three division champion Abner Mares (26-0, 14KOs) has wanted to fight in his native Guadalajara, Mexico for quite some time. Speaking to us on BoxingScene Radio, Mares said that he  still hopes to fight in Mexico in the near future. WBC President Jose Sulaiman recently said that Mares can have an optional defense before fighting his mandatory challenger Robinson Castellanos. The 27-year-old said that he is also looking at facing former champion Jhonny Gonzalez.  

"I still want to fight in Mexico in front of my people in Guadalajara or in any part of Mexico. Two names that we are looking at are Jhonny Gonzalez and Robinson Castellano who just beat Celestino Caballero. I talked to Jose Sulaiman about that and I told him if he earned his spot then I will fight him. I'm willing to fight anybody," Mares explained.

A lot of fans would like to see a fight between Mares and undefeated super bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz. Mares was asked if he thought the former bantamweight titleholder had done enough to warrant a fight. Mares said that if Santa Cruz wants to love up to his weight class that he would have no problems facing him.

"I think that we are all equal. We all deserve opportunities to fight each other. I think Leo is a great fighter. He is out there building his brand. But again he is at 122. If he wants to go to 126 why not?" Mares told BoxingScene Radio.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Hands of Iron on 05-13-2013

[QUOTE=teddycanyon;13357846]Chris John=no way John takes this fight[/QUOTE] Yeah, that's really lame.

Comment by Hands of Iron on 05-12-2013

[QUOTE=285Kid;13353599]What happen to Chris John, Mikey Garcia, Gary Russell, Jr, and Javier Fortuna now that he at 126??[/QUOTE] How many more times does he need to mention them? The guys listed in the OP are his immediate realistic options. Sulaiman…

Comment by bravestone on 05-12-2013

Mares vs Cruz is this era's Barrera/Morales. I really hope it happens

Comment by P-4-P-King on 05-12-2013

Terremoto and Mares should stay out of each others paths.theyre both gonna become something great! dont ruin it!

Comment by teddycanyon on 05-12-2013

[QUOTE=285Kid;13353599]What happen to Chris John, Mikey Garcia, Gary Russell, Jr, and Javier Fortuna now that he at 126??[/QUOTE] Chris John=no way John takes this fight Fortuna=not ready Russell Jr.=DEFINITELY not ready Garcia- Top Rank-GBP impossibility, so whaddaya gonna do?

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